Mental health: Shocking figures reveal extent of Scots' suicidal over body image

Mental health: Shocking figures reveal extent of Scots' suicidal over body image

Survey data show 10% of women saying they have self-harmed or have deliberately hurt themselves due to their body image, compared to 4% of men.

The online poll, published to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, shows that just under a third of adults have felt anxious because of concerns about their appearance.

Just over 22% of all UK adults and nearly half of 18-24 year olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image and the majority of adults surveyed think the UK Government needs to do more to protect the public from the presentation or use of unhealthy body images in advertising and social media.

However, the survey also showed that 40% of the senior decision-makers experienced a loss of business as a result of staff continuing to work while experiencing mental health problems.

In the podcast, Dr Driscoll went on to discuss idealised images of both the male and female body, as well as our preferences when it comes to facial shape.

The survey found that body image issues affected more women than men.

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And as the initiative sweeps social media, encouraging people to share their own mental health struggles and stories, Dr Helen Driscoll, Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Evolutionary Psychologist at Sunderland University, discussed how the media's portrayal of body image can impact a person's mental health and wellbeing, as well as the other factors that could be at play. We are striving for a society where people do not suffer because of concerns about body image, and where they do not feel pressured to live up to a false sense of perfection.

Because of this, the Foundation is calling on the UK Government and relevant industries to take action, including regulation of social media and more powers for the Advertising Standards Authority.

Westminster is already consulting on reforms and the charity wants a new code of practice to ensure that social media companies don't harm their users' body image.

The announcement was made by ScotRail at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

She said: "The impact social media can have on a person is extreme. They should look like themselves and nothing more". "This includes £90,000 of funding to produce advice on the healthy use of social media and screen time, and a review of evidence on the effects of screen use on sleep and the implications of this for mental health".

More than half said that celebrities and "influencers" sharing more realistic images of themselves would encourage people to post content that more accurately reflects what they look like in real life, it found. YMCA England and Wales chief executive Denise Hatton said social media presents "a multitude of dangers" for young people.

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